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Definition: The procedures for taking a dispute to court or other legal agency.

Alberta Resources

The "Civil Matters: What to Do in Court" video provides tips and information on how to prepare for a Civil Claims trial if you are a Plaintiff, Defendant or Witness, including what documents you may need, how to present evidence, and how to address the judge. Video Transcripts are available in:  English | Spanish | French | Arabic | Hindi | Punjabi | Urdu

Related keywords: Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation

The information presented in this brochure includes a generaldescription of proceedings in court, some specific information on the procedures involved when you want to sue someone or are being sued,and suggestions on how to prepare your case.It is recommended that you read this entire booklet before commencing the Civil Claims process.

Related keywords: Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation, Small claims court

The Law Society of Alberta provides a process to resolve complaints regarding a lawyer’s ethical conduct. This service is available to clients, judges, lawyers, financial institutions, business creditors, the general public and through internal referrals by the Executive Director of the Law Society of Alberta. The complaints process is initiated when a lawyer’s actions may have breached the Code of Professional Conduct that governs how lawyers are to conduct themselves in their practice. Visit this website to read Complaint and Inquiry Guidelines.

Related keywords: Lawyers, Legal process

This primer, published by the National Self-Represented Litigants Project, is packed with the information and practical self-help tips for preparing yourself, emotionally and technically, for court. It includes a section on self-care tips; a section on preparing for court; a section on appearing in court (generic and not specific for any one jurisdiction, family or civil courts); and finally a collection of ten top practical tips from self-represented litigants on “what works”. This 25-page PDF is available for free download.

Related keywords: Legal process, Self-representation

You use an Originating Application when you do not already have an action in the Court of Queen’s Bench, and you want to make an application like the following:

  • Judicial Review;
  • Enforcement of a Judgment from outside Alberta;
  • Applications where there is no person to serve as defendant;
  • Applications under a statute, where the statute tells you to use an Originating Application, or where the statute says to make a court application, but doesn’t say how to do it

See also: Making a Court Application in the Court of Queen’s Bench (With an Application Form) for more information about how to prepare, file and serve court forms and how to present your case in court.

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This information discusses the procedures of the Civil Division of the Provincial Court. The Civil division is often referred to as Small Claims Court. The purpose is to make you aware of your legal rights and responsibilities. Information is provided by Calgary Legal Guidance funded in part by the Alberta Law Foundation.

Related keywords: Civil actions, Courts and court judgments, Legal process, Small claims court

Going to court? Here are some tips and information on what to do in court. (Video) Produced in coordination with PBLA and Alberta Courts. Video Transcripts are available in :  English | Spanish | French | Arabic | Hindi | Punjabi | Urdu

Related keywords: Civil actions, Legal process, Self-representation

Chart describing criminal justice process for adults

Related keywords: Criminal law general resources, Legal process

The purpose of this guideline is to set out the criteria to be considered in initiating, prosecuting, and discontinuing appeals to the Court of Appeal of Alberta.

Related keywords: Courts and court judgments, Legal process

This Alberta Court's page provides access to forms and instructions to complete an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is one where custody, access (parenting) and support have been settled.  The forms do not deal with property division.

If you need assistance court forms information coordinators are available to assist with locating court forms and providing information on when to use them and how to fill them out. Further information on this service and locations can be found on the Resolution and Court Administration Services (RCAS) website.

Related keywords: Divorce and separation, Legal process, Self-representation